Moving refrigerated containers by train

Every day refrigerated containers filled with chilled meat, fruit and dairy products are moved by train across Victoria to the Port of Melbourne, ready to be loaded on ships for export around the world.

Rolling through the hills towards Kilmore East

The containers arrive at the rail head by truck, then are loaded onto the train.

Unloading containers from the train at Tocumwal

Electrical cables are plugged into the wagons.

Refrigerated container on a PN intermodal train

And more electrical cables join the wagons together.

HEP plugs at the end of VECX 511F

To supply electricity from the onboard diesel generator set.

Genset container PP01 at Tottenham on a PN broad gauge train

The gensets used by some operators are pretty spartan looking.

One of three gensets on Patrick's MA3/AM3 service - strapped to a 20 foot flat rack

Some just tie down commercial gensets to ‘flatrack’ containers.

Pair of Perkins gensets tied down to a 20 foot flatrack to power containers on the SCT Dooen freight

In any case, the train eventually arrives at the port.

Reach stacker loading container wagons at Appleton Dock

Trucks move the containers between the rail terminal and the wharf.

Qube semi trailer loaded with a 40 foot Maersk container at North Dynon

The containers sometimes needing to be stacked up until their ship arrives.

Triple stacked refrigerated containers

Plugged into ‘shore power’ to keep the chiller unit running.

Refrigerated containers hooked up to shore power

Once the ship arrives.

Container ship 'Maersk Radford' berthed at Swanson Dock East

It’s time to load the cargo.

Unloading containers from a ship at Swanson Dock West

Then bon voyage.

Manoeuvring 'ITAL Moderna' at Swanson Dock

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5 Responses to “Moving refrigerated containers by train”

  1. joanium says:

    This is fascinating. I’ve been reading shore power studies from an overseas port and this is a useful insight into an applicantion.

  2. Andrew says:

    While it should of course be a lot more, I am surprised at how much freight is moved by rail in our state.

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